Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffer for the Gal you Love

Ok, the last installment of my stocking stuffers gift guide is for the ladies!

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1. Nothing cuter than ban.do hair accessories, I wear this sparkle & shine bobby pin set all the time.

2. Fancy hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma – this salted caramel hot chocolate sounds awesome!

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3. A little something personalized with her initials like this necklace

4. …and something personalized with yours like this ring.

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5. A pair of the most comfy undies she’ll ever own – hanky panky.

6. A pair of cozy socks like these snuggle crew socks from Life is Good.

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7. A stylish bejewel hat from H&M (I have a similar one!).

8. A new winter nail polish, I can’t wait to try Zoya’s Cassedy.

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9. Downton Abbey English tea so she can prepare for January 5th!

10. A fun, new iPhone case.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little stocking stuffers gift guides (for men, for kids), I sure had fun making them! And share this one with my hubby, please!

Christmas Finally Arrived at our House!

The weekend after Thanksgiving we were too busy (and I got sick, boo!) to get our tree and officially start our Christmas season. SO! This weekend we went full force into holiday mode and I thought I’d share some of it with you…

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We kicked off our Christmas-y weekend by seeing our fave mall Santa on Friday night. My Z is very scared of Santa still (just wait until she knows what his deal is) and 0ur photo last year was of her screaming. We were strategic this year and planned to go with my sister and her kids so Z could ease into it…and we got a smile for 1.2 seconds! The elf photographers are good and they managed to capture that quick smile, thanks elves!

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Saturday we went and got our Christmas tree at a local Garden Store that had a balloon artist, Santa, hot chocolate and a petting zoo – it was great! Although my Z took one look at Santa, turned to me while pointing to him, looked me in the eye and said “NOoooo!” See, we were really lucky Friday night to get that smile…

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We quickly found our tree – look at it, perfect! Although seeing my Z’s face it looks like she didn’t agree that this tree was the one.

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After we got the tree, we saw that our town was having a tree lighting so we did the only thing you can do when you learn such a thing….stopped at Starbucks for hot chocolate and watched the lights turn on!

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The next day was spent decorating the tree and listening to Christmas tunes on Pandora and this little lady hasn’t really moved from this spot since.

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We also made a little gingerbread house – we got this kit from Trader Joe’s because I love that it’s a little ski chalet-looking gingerbread house, right? And it was only $8. *Note, I added some of my own candy as the front walk and bushes in the front.

Merry Christmas season – it’s my fave!!

Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers for Your Little Munchkin

What’s more fun to do than help Santa pick out a bunch of fun stocking stuffers for your little munchkin? Nothing! Here are a few ideas I had this year…

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1. For your little girl Piggy Paint non-toxic nail polish in a fun color like this Sea-Quin Turquoise.

2. Fun dress-up glasses from the Land of Nod, I got the green ones for my Z!

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3. Colorful small cubebot from Crewcuts.

4. Tattly temporary tattoos, what kid doesn’t love temporary tattoos? Tattly makes really cool ones like this party watch.

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5. Candy. Any. kind. of candy. Like this Lindt chocolate Santa.

6. Start your little one on the classics early with these adorable Board Book Literary Classics like Moby Dick (we have these for our Z).

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7. Personalized Christmas tree ornament to put their annual photo with Santa in, I like this one from Pottery Barn Kids.

8. Snow paints! What better way to spend a snow day?

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9. Crayons! I love these on-trend neon crayons.

10. Cozy socks, like these from H&M.

One more stocking stuffer gift guide later this week – stay tuned!

Couple Things…

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My Z and I watched Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer – it was the first time for both of us, and I have to be honest – I was slightly unimpressed…

We went to a wedding over the weekend at the Colonnade Hotel with fabulous food – just look at this cheese appetizer (at least we think it was cheese)!

New statement necklace that seems to go with everything.

We’re building a house this weekend!

We visited Bambam (my mom) at her office this week and my Z immediately started making important business calls…

Thanksgiving mani still going strong…

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers for your Husband/Boyfriend/ Man in your Life

I decided to hop on the blogger bandwagon and pull together a couple holiday gift guides. I thought I’d focus on one of my fave parts of Christmas morning – the stocking! Growing up I remember waking up in the weeee hours of the morning on Christmas Day, crawling to the bottom of my bed, reaching my hand down, and grabbing my stocking! My sister and I were allowed to go through our Christmas stockings as soon as we woke up but then had to wait for our parents to get up to go downstairs and open our actual gifts. Whoever got up first (me or my sister) was in charge of running into the others room to get her up and we’d open our stockings together.

Santa always put together some pretty awesome stockings in our house – from fun pencils to scratch tickets to tiny toys to silly games and as we got older we always could count on Santa for a Starbucks gift card in our stocking. Anyway – here are some ideas I’d love to share with you for stocking stuffers for your husband/boyfriend/man in your life this year!

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1. Bacon Salt. Every dude (ok, most dudes) loves bacon. Bacon salt will make everything you shake it on taste like bacon.

2. Chiefs Energizing Man Soap from West Elm Market. Smells good and supposedly helps your man wake up in the shower!

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3. Cozy socks are a Christmas stocking must! I love these from L.L. Bean.

4. I know your Christmas tree is full of sentimental and meaningful ornaments but you have to add some silliness! I always get my hubby a fun ornament for his stocking, like this video game controller from Urban Outfitters.

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5. I like to include a thoughtful gift in my man’s stocking like these personalized collar stays from etsy.

6. A sweet treat! My man loves these yogurt covered pretzels.

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7. Something silly like these trick golf balls from Paper Source.

8. Something flirty like these sexy coupons for him.

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9. A puzzle daily calendar to get his mind working!

10. A cool smartphone stand that he can keep on his desk at work so he can always see your texts.

 

More stocking stuffer ideas next week!

Party Salad

Now that it’s officially the holiday season I thought I’d share the BEST salad to make for a crowd. I will state up front that I can take no credit for this salad. This is my Aunt Joan’s famous party salad, I don’t know how often she makes it but I do know she serves it at family gatherings are her house and I just love it. I asked her one year how to make it and she chuckled as she told me the secret of just how easy this delicious salad is to make. And now I’ve been making it to serve at parties ever since!

We had a little friends-giving last week and we served it then and I realized it was high time to share this “recipe” with you. I know you have some holiday parties this season, so volunteer to bring the salad and whip up this Aunt Joan Party Salad!

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Mix all ingredients in a bowl, toss with dressing. I don’t know what dressing my Aunt Joan uses specifically, but we really love this salad with Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette. Also, the candied pecans (or walnuts can be used) are a must! Candied pecans are a little tricky to find by Trader Joe’s sells them (they are wayyyy on the bottom shelf in our store, almost hidden). Enjoy!

Turkey Enchiladas

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I bet by now the leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes are gone, the pies are done…but you still have some turkey hanging around, especially if you hosted Thanksgiving! Well, you can only eat so many turkey sammies and turkey pot pies, right? We make this enchilada recipe every year with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and it’s awesome. And SO simple.

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Chop or shred your leftover turkey. Add to a frying pan and add 1 Tbs tomato paste, 1/4 C chicken stock, 1/2 Tsp chili powder and 1/2 Tsp cumin. Heat through.

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In the meantime heat your marinara sauce and add spices: 1/4 Tsp cinnamon and 1/s Tsp chili powder.

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Load your tortilla wraps with turkey.

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Place seem side down in a baking pan and cover with the sauce. Sprinkle 1 C shredded cheddar cheese on top.

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Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes then leave under the broiler for about 5 minutes or desired crunchiness is achieved. We serve with black beans on the side…enjoy!